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  • SAFE consortium 2018 Annual General Meeting: 24 April

    The 2018 Annual General Meeting of The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium is scheduled for TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018.

    Save the Date!

    The agenda will soon be available here. The location will be Brussels.

    The agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM are on the SAFE Members Only pages, Past Events, Agendas & Minutes 2017. (You must be logged in as a SAFE member to successfully follow this link.) Agendas & Minutes for previous AGMs are also available for SAFE members as articles in Past Events.

    At the 2018 AGM,

    • the 2017 budget will be closed and the 2018 budget approved. Financial documents will be sent to all confirmed participants one week in advance of the meeting.
    • SAFE activities in 2017 will be reviewed.
    • Presentation of 3 new member institutes.
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    The SAFE statutes specify that the General Meeting of the Members is the supreme governing body of the SAFE consortium.

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  • SAFE Special Issue in TIFS. Spring 2018

    SAFE consortium members will publish a Special Issue of Trends in Food Science &Technology in spring 2018.

    Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda for 15 Years: The SAFE Consortium

    There are five food safety themes in the Special Issue, each led by a SAFE member:

    1. The Circular Bioeconomy, by Matis Ltd in Iceland
    2. Safe Nutrients, by IBA in Romania
    3. Emerging Microbial Threats, by CNR-DiSBA in Italy
    4. Chemical Hazards, by AZTI in Spain
    5. Risk Communication, by Nofima in Norway

    The release EVENT will take place in Brussels in spring 2018. Stay tuned for further information. 


  • SAFE Executive Board and Member Meetings 2018-21 February

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    Wednesday 21 February at 11H CET

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SAFE Food Safety News - April 2012

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Welcome to our unscientific collection of food safety stories on the internet this month. Please read more. This month we have links to articles on

- Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report
- EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’
- UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat
- Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud
- EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus
- New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs





Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report 2 May 2012, ELIKA

This project aimed to obtain experimental data related to the uptake of coccidiostatsauthorised in the European Union particularly in vegetables grown on poultry manure-amended soils. An animal trial (poultry) and a plant trial (carrot, lettuce, potato, tomato andcourgette) were performed.

More information:
EFSA Report: Coccidiostats in Vegetables



EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’ 25 April 2012,

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has begun work on a new BPA risk assessment focussing on the low dose effects of the packaging chemical.

EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CE F) has been tasked with evaluating the relevance low dose BPA related effects observed in rodents and the relevance to human health.

The current European Union (EU) BPA Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) is 0.05mg/kg. EFSA has updated its scientific advice on BPA several times since and reconfirmed the TDI.

In addition to the assessment, EFSA has set a date for a meeting of international experts to debate recent scientific evidence of low dose BPA effects and the challenges this poses for risk assessment.

For the first time, EFSA has taken low dose BPA effects into account.

More information



UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat 24 April 2012,

A UK research firm is in the early stages of creating an “invisible” film coating for meat to extend shelf life with the aim of eliminating primary packaging.

Pepceuticals edible meat coating will contain antimicrobial peptide properties as part of a European project targeting an extension in product shelf life and a reduction in petroleum-based packaging.

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Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud 6 April 2012,

The first ever public database compiling reports on global food fraud and economically motivated adulteration has highlighted olive oil, milk and honey as just a few of the most vulnerable targets. The report also claims that past issues of adulteration could have been prevented if such data had been available earlier.

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EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus 2 April 2012, EFSA

Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its second report on the Schmallenberg virus (SBV). The virus, that to date has been identified in eight EU Member States, can affect domestic and wild ruminants, leading in some cases to severe birth defects. Although uncertainties and gaps in data remain, today’s report importantly shows that when based on worst case scenario assumptions, the number of infected ruminants is low compared to the total number of these animals in each Member State.

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New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs 19 March 2012, Cordis News

As Germany was struck by a devastating Escherichia coli (E. coli) crisis in June 2011, the dangers of transferring life-threatening disease-causing germs in food from one country to another once again hit the headlines. Despite the alarm however, until now very few studies have been carried out into the actual danger posed by germs that enter the EU along with food. STEP is a new EU-funded project that hopes to tackle pesky pathogens like E. coli head on.

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